Activists promise largest climate civil disobedience ever at Paris summit. Thousands of climate change campaigners have promised to blockade a major UN climate summit in Paris with what they say will be non-violent direct action on a scale Europe has not seen before.
Grassroots groups from 350.org to Attac France are throwing their weight behind the “Climate Games” event for the landmark climate conference in December. The protests will involve 10 blockades, themed around “red lines” which they fear negotiators for the nearly 200 countries inside the summit may cross. Governments are meeting in the French capital in the hope of reaching an agreement for action on climate change after 2020.
Campaigners have shelved earlier plans to prevent delegates leaving the summit until they reach an emissions-cutting deal that matches activist ambitions. UK drops out of top 10 renewable energy ranking for first time. The UK has dropped out of the top ten of a respected international league table on renewable energy for the first time since it began 12 years ago.
In its quarterly report published on Wednesday, EY said the new Conservative government had sentenced the renewable energy industry to “death by a thousand cuts” and investor confidence in the sector had collapsed because of policy changes over the summer. An EY energy analyst said that “investors are scratching their heads” to understand the government’s policy changes in recent months, putting at risk the UK’s reputation as a “safe harbour” for investment. Osborne ridiculed over 'cheap nuclear' claims. EXCLUSIVE/ UK Chancellor George Osborne was criticised today (9 September) after claiming that nuclear power was “substantially cheaper than any other low carbon technology,” when defending government subsidies for the controversial Hinkley Point C project.
Osborne was discussing plans for the £24.5bn (about €34 billion) project, at the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee. The deal with EDF guarantees the French energy giant a price of £92.50 (about €127.50) per megawatt hour (MWh). The “contract for difference” is roughly twice the current wholesale cost of power in Britain and will be paid from household energy bills.
Academics and environmental campaigners told EurActiv that the government’s own data proved many low-carbon energy sources, such as renewables, were already cheaper than than nuclear power in Britain. E3G — Third Generation Environmentalism. A $1 trillion investment vehicle for renewable energy. Wall Street (photo Ivo Jansch) A new report from Deutsche Bank predicts that the Yieldco, a finance vehicle for renewable energy, will attract more money than similar instruments that exist for oil and gas investments.
Tutu, Klein and Chomsky call for mass climate action ahead of Paris conference. Desmond Tutu, Vivienne Westwood, Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky are among a group of high-profile figures who will issue a mass call to action on Thursday ahead of the UN’s crunch climate change conference in Paris in December.
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